Movers & Shapers
People making a difference in Shelby County
James Dedes, executive director of the Shelby County Economic and Industrial Development Authority. See more photos below.
Dedes has served as executive director of the Shelby County Economic and Industrial Development Authority since August 1996, where he is responsible for industry recruitment, countywide marketing of industrial sites, demographic research and existing industry retention and expansion efforts. Previously he was senior planner for economic development at the East Alabama Regional Planning & Development Commission in Anniston. He was awarded the designation of Certified Economic Developer by the International Economic Development Council and is certified by the National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional. He is past president of the Leadership Shelby County board of directors and a 1997 graduate of the program. He has served as the Shelby County campaign chairperson for the United Way of Central Alabama and is active in other professional organizations.
Dudchock has worked for Shelby County for more than 22 years, 19 of them as county manager. He is responsible for managing 12 diverse operating units that include development services, finance, juvenile detention, airport, water services, environmental services, facilities/general services and public facilities construction. He has worked in several capital projects, including Shelby West Corporate Park, 20 park projects and the sheriff’s operation center and jail. He is on the board of directors for Leadership Shelby County, Shelby County Community Corrections Corp. and the Birmingham Business Alliance.
Ellis is chairman of the Shelby County Commission. He was appointed by former Gov. Bob Riley to fill a commission vacancy and in 2008 was elected to a full term. He worked for First Real Estate before joining Crest Realty’s commercial development firm and, in 2000, opened Ellis Properties Inc. He has served on numerous professional and non-profit boards including the Jefferson and Shelby County board of directors for the American Cancer Society and the CAWACO RC&D board of directors. He served as chairman for South Shelby Relay for Life and currently works closely with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on their fundraising efforts.
Everett is an ambassador for the Greater Shelby Chamber of Commerce and owns her own Juice Plus+ franchise. She is a former special education teacher and administrator who counsels children and adults about the role whole food nutrition plays in health and how to make healthy lifestyle choices. She is active in several ministries of her church, as well as other professional and community organizations throughout Shelby County.
Fuller, serving his second term as Shelby County schools superintendent, has been an educator in the state of Alabama for 31 years, serving in many capacities at schools in Jefferson and Shelby counties and as principal of Oak Mountain High School before being chosen as superintendent. He is a member of several professional boards, and led Shelby County through its first district accreditation process in 2009. The system was deemed a “model school district” by the AdvancEd Quality Assurance Review Team, which led the process. He is a graduate of Leadership Shelby County and in 2011 was named Superintendent of the Year by the Alabama Communicators Association and received the Kermit A. Johnson Outstanding Superintendent Award for 2009-10 from the University of Montevallo’s College of Education.
Johnson was the first African-American female to serve as president of the Homewood Chamber of Commerce, as well as the board of directors of the Hoover Chamber of Commerce, where she is currently a trustee. She serves on the board of directors of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. She has worked for 28 years at Sam’s Club, where she is currently membership team leader. She works with several community efforts, such as Children’s Miracle Network.
Keller, senior vice president of Regions Bank in Shelby County, joined Regions when it merged with AmSouth Bank. He joined AmSouth in 1997 as a commercial relationship manager and held several leadership positions with AmSouth, including city president for the Tri-Cities area of Johnson City, Tenn., where he oversaw 20 branches. His community involvement includes 2011-12 Leadership Shelby County, board member of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and 2011 Chair of the Shelby County United Way campaign.
Nolen, vice president of Merchants & Farmers Bank, has been in banking since 1973. A native of Columbiana, he has served or is serving on the board of directors for the Shelby County Community Health Foundation, the Shelby County YMCA, the Shelby County Historical Society, the Shelby County Economic & Industrial Development Authority, the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, the Birmingham Red Cross and the Greater Shelby County Education Foundation. He is a former president of Leadership Shelby County.
Phillips is a senior sales director with Mary Kay Cosmetics with team members and customers in over 20 states. She also is the owner/trainer of Simple Works, a company focused on personal and professional organizational skills. She is an active member of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and the Niche Networking Group (NNG). She is assisting with chapter development of Women of the Power Grid - Shelby County.
Steele is a LifeSafety consultant for ADS Security, where she works with residential and commercial burglary intrusion systems, fire systems, access control systems and camera installations/identity protection. She is a member of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, which she serves as an ambassador. She is a community coordinator for ReBirth, a nonprofit organization that serves senior citizens in the greater Birmingham area.
Stewart is the 15th president of the University of Montevallo, arriving in August 2010. He has worked toward the objectives in the school’s 2009-2014 strategic plan, which has included raising awareness of the school via a new branding and marketing campaign. In one year, the university unveiled a new logo, added new academic programs, increased freshmen enrollment by 17 percent and increased housing registration by 18 percent. Alumni giving rates also have increased significantly. He was formerly vice president for institutional advancement at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla. He has held leadership roles in several community and arts organizations and has published scholarly articles and book reviews.
Walkup is in her ninth year as executive director of the South Shelby Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. She has had several years of business experience, including a family-owned medical supply business, a retail consignment store in Columbiana and an outlet store.
Williams, a marketing, public relations and sales professional, is regional director of legislative and external affairs for AT&T Alabama. She also worked in advertising for the Shelby County Reporter and The Birmingham News before moving to then-BellSouth Advertising and Publishing Co. She is chair of the Jefferson County Education Foundation, past president of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and chair of the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees. She also is a member of Southern Women Committee of 50 and is a co-owner of Ekklesia Coffee House in Chelsea.
Wilson is president/CEO of Shelby Baptist Medical Center, a position he has held since 2006. Prior to coming to SBMC he was CEO at Saint Francis Hospital in Bartlett, Tenn. His community and professional involvement includes Alabaster/Pelham Rotary, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Hospital Advisory Committee, Regions Advisory Board (Shelby County), Alabama Hospital Association State Regulatory Committee and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Alumni Association Board of the Graduate Programs in Health Administration.Edit ModuleShow Tags